United close on Schweinsteiger

Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of signing Bastian Schweinsteiger

The Bayern Munich midfielder is believed to have turned down the offer of a contract extension.

Schweinsteiger is a priority target for United manager Louis Van Gaal after they had a bid rejected for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

The France international had reportedly said his future would be decided in the next few days with reports claiming he would be joining the Old Trafford club.

However, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman recently confirmed the bid was not “serious” which has encouraged Van Gaal to pursue Schweinsteiger.

The Dutchman is searching for a long-term successor to Michael Carrick after the 34-year-old endured a spate of injuries last season.

Schweinsteiger and Ramos to United

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is also touted to join United after the Red Devils made a bid of £28.6million for the Spain international.

Van Gaal is seeking to strengthen his defensive options and improve on last season’s fourth-place Premier League finish and the 29-year-old would fit the bill.

The former Sevilla man has plenty of international experience with over 100 Spain caps to his name and has won various trophies, including the 2010 World Cup.

United present Depay

Manchester United officially unveiled Memphis Depay yesterday after the Holland international completed a £31million move from PSV Eindhoven last month.

The 21-year-old, who signed a four year contract with the Red Devils, appeared confident and admitted he could not wait to start.

“I’m very excited, it’s a dream come true. I’m looking forward to it. I want to win trophies with the team.

“I will be creative. That’s what the crowd likes. I will work on it and I am excited to do my job for United” said Depay.

Van Gaal also confirmed the rumours were “true” regarding United’s pursuit of Torino defender Matteo Darmian – the Italy international is reportedly on the verge of joining in a £12million move.

Written by Jack Wynne – @JackRobertWynne

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